Step four of making your own wreath - putting it all together. Bundling your branches and forming the wreath so you end up with something similar to this beauty.
I was kind of stunned at how nice my wreath turned out. Like many of you, I've never made a Christmas wreath from scratch like this before. It seems like something I'd do all the time - but I don't. So I'm doing this step by step the same as you are.
I'm busy at this time of year what with Christmas pledging and my regular weird shit around the house all day long nonsense. Plus I've recently started analyzing Hallmark movies, so I never seem to have time to make a wreath, but breaking it down into little daily tasks made it possible.
Making a Wreath - Task 4
Now the really fun part. Putting the wreath together by making bunches of branches and wiring them to the form.
If you're seeing this for the first time, make sure you read and the previous 3 steps.
- Make a wreath - Step 1 (foraging for greens)
- Make a wreath - Step 2 (make a vine wreath)
- Make a wreath - Step 3 (dehydrate limes for decoration)
If you're making a 10-12" wreath each bunch of branches you use will be around 8 stems. And each wreath will need 10-12 bunches.
Step 3- Bunches
- Gather a variety of branches in your hand one by one until you have a nice bundle of 8 or so pieces of greenery.
- Lay the bunch on the wreath and rearrange a bit if you need to. Place the bunch down and wire it tightly to the vine form.
- Continue until the entire 10-12" form is covered. It will take 10-12 bunches.
- When you form your greenery bundles have taller things at the back and shorter at the front.
- Overlap bunches enough so you can't tell where one stops and the other begins.
- If you didn't buy paddle wire, reconsider. The plastic paddle lets you pull really hard to get a tight wreath.
Floral paddle wire (US)
Floral paddle wire (CA)
- Every so often lift your wreath and have a look at it to see if it's balanced.
- Once you hang the wreath if it looks wonky or weird feel free to play with it adding a few things here and there to make it right.
Now. You have a choice to make. You can leave your wreath in it's 100% natural state like you see in the photos. No problem. It'll look great. But if you want a bit more I have one more step for you.
Our final step will be embellishing the wreath. Adding dried limes, some ribbon, pinecones or whatever else you want.
If you make a wreath, send me a photo in the next few days so I can post it!